My Daily Digital Alchemies:
After doing some quick maths, I’ve concluded that the average number of selfies I have taken per year average around 3.5.
Compare that to some people, where 3.5 is the daily average.
No, it’s not necessarily either one of us that’s doing something wrong, but rather that both represent opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to selfies, that magical term for taking pictures of yourself at regular intervals. But why do some find it compelling, whereas I find it as an excuse to update my profile pictures on social media.
My knee-jerk reaction is “vanity”, but I know that if selfies could kill I’d be destroyed several times over at that reasoning. Besides, it’s not like it takes copious amounts of time to set up one; just however fast it takes to boot up your camera on your smartphone and swap to the front-facing camera. But selfies have been becoming a progressively more important part of our society in recent years, and I think it can be argued it’s for the better.
Self-image is a very precious thing in this day and age, where people can and will judge you for just about everything, even something as simple as the way you look. A selfie represents independence, but more importantly it represents a sense of being the person you want to be seen as. After all, you typically have plenty of time to look at, review, and edit a selfie before potentially posting it for everyone to see. Why shouldn’t you feel empowered with that type of control over your self-image?
How I view myself, ideally.
When I think about it, the whole reason I feel allergic to selfies is because I don’t feel like I need necessarily want to put myself out there any more than I already am. Potential jobs could be watching after all, and if I get turned down because of one particular selfie that I probably shouldn’t have posted, I’d feel like that would be quite ironic.
The Google Arts and Culture app was a nice exercise in learning more about how selfies can sometimes allow people (and the government) to make connections about yourself, a least from a visual standpoint. You never really tend to think you look like someone, well until you do anyway. And I do think this resemblance is quite flatter, even if it’s only half right:
Monocle not required.
I’m still a bit cautious when it comes to selfies, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not opening up.
And of course, couldn’t have a blog on selfies without one of my own, now could I? Here, I’ll share one now as I type this:
Whoa, that looks quite good, actually. Maybe I can get used to this after all. And if the current trend of selfies continues, something tells me I might have to. Could be worse though. Could’ve been holding up my phone to a mirror to get a picture, now THOSE were the selfie dark ages.